Kristofor Husted http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC] http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-concerns-grow-frac-sand-mines-creep-missouri-infographic <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="A frac sand mine in Wisconsin. There are more than 100 located within the state." data-attribution="Credit Carole Mitchell / Flickr" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kbia/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201403/FracSandWisconsin_CaroleMitchellflickr.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kbia/audio/2014/03/FracSandForWeb.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span>Ste<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Genevieve County, Mo., about 100 residents gathered for a town hall meeting in 2013 to discuss a new </span>frac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sand mine in their backyard. Officials from the county, state and mining company attended to answer questions residents might have.</span><p>Neighbors peppered the panel with questions: How will the mine’s sand dust be regulated? How will you prevent it from getting into our lungs? How will the traffic and explosions affect my health, my property and the ecosystem? Concerns about breathing in the microscopic sand particles, which could lead to <a href="http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/silicosis/understanding-silicosis.html">silicosis</a> in the lungs, abounded.<p>Jane Hardy, who lives about 1000 feet from the mine, said she wasn’t satisfied with the answers.<p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:56:29 +0000 Kristofor Husted 34430 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health concerns grow as frac sand mines creep into Missouri [INFOGRAPHIC] Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms In Mo., Elsewhere http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/drought-puts-squeeze-already-struggling-fish-farms-mo-elsewhere This year's drought delivered a pricey punch to US aquaculture, the business of raising fish like bass and catfish for food. Worldwide, aquaculture has grown into a $119 billion industry, but the lack of water and high temperatures in 2012 hurt many U.S. fish farmers who were already struggling to compete on a global scale.<p>At <a href="http://osagecatfisheries.com/about.asp">Osage Catfisheries</a>, about one mile off the highway in rural, central Missouri, there are dozens of rectangular ponds with rounded corners. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Kristofor Husted 7985 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms In Mo., Elsewhere